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Emaciated sea lion rescued on San Francisco boulevard

February 12, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say that an emaciated sea lion yearling that was probably looking for food was rescued along a major San Francisco boulevard, more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the ocean.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1zNt5la) the young male pinniped had dragged himself uphill, through shrubbery and over the busy road before being discovered Wednesday by two motorists.

A park ranger driving through the area stopped to help and took the animal to the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where the ranger named him “Persevero,” which means to persevere in Latin.

Officials say the sea lion weighs 28 pounds (13 kilograms) instead of a normal 80 pounds (36 kilograms).

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